Visa Application Guidance
(To be effective on Sep. 1, 2013)
 

PART 1. WHERE TO APPLY FOR YOUR VISA

 

IMPORTANT

   Please lodge your application with the visa office of the Embassy/Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the region in which you reside.

   The Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch currently only processes applications for New Zealand citizens who travel to China with a New Zealand passport. Non-New Zealand passport holders are required to lodge their application with the Chinese Embassy in Wellington.

 

 

Consular Section, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand

Street address: 2-6 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington

Telephone: 04 474 9631, 04 473 3514   

Facsimile: 04 474 9632

Email: nzchinaembassy@sina.cn    

Website: www.chinaembassy.org.nz

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand is responsible for processing visas from the following regions: Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington

 

 

Consular Office, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland

Street address: 630 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland

Telephone: 09 5265680, 09 5713471   

Facsimile: 09 579 4288

Email: chinaconsul_ak_nz@mfa.gov.cn 

Website: www.chinaconsulate.org.nz

The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland is responsible for processing visas from the following regions: Northland, Auckland, Waikato

 

 

Consular Office, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch

Street address: 106 Hansons Lane, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

Telephone: 03 3433650   

Facsimile:  03 3433647

Email:consulate_chc@mfa.gov.cn   

Website:christchurch.chineseconsulate.org

The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch is responsible for processing visas from the following regions: Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland

 

OFFICE HOURS FOR:

application submission

application collection

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand

9:00-12:00

14:00-16:00

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland

9:00-12:00

14:00-16:00

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch

9:00-12:00

9:00-12:00

 

PART 2VISA  REQUIREMENT

 

What is the main purpose of your visit to China and

which is the most appropriate visa category for your application?

Visa Categories

Description of Visa

C

Issued to foreign crew members of means of international transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.

D

Issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently.

F

Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.

G

Issued to those who intend to transit through China.

J1

Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

J2

Issued to foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

L

Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

M

Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

Q1

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

 "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

Q2

Issued to those who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

R

Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

S1

Issued to those who intend to go to China to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

S2

Issued to those who intend to visit their family members who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

"family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

X1

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

Z

Issued to those who intend to work in China.

Here are the documents you shall prepare before submissing visa application:

1. Basic Documents

(1) Passport

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate. For double entry visa or six-month multiple entry visa, passport must be valid for more than 9 months. For twelve-month multiple entry visa, passport must be valid for more than 15 months.

(2) Visa Application Form and Photo

One completed Visa Application Form (2013) with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached.

(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

(4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page. Alternatively, if you no longer have your previous Chinese passport, please obtain your travel movement records from New Zealand Immigration.

If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

For first-time applications, New Zealand born children with Chinese descent are also required to provide the following documents:

a) Original birth certificate and additional photocopy of the birth certificate

b) Actual passports of the children's parents and please also make additional photocopy of the passport (including the earliest resident visa if holding a Chinese passport)

 

2. Supporting Documents

C Visa

A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China

D Visa

The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

F Visa

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

(2) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

G Visa

An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.

J1 Visa

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General in advance and complete relevant formalities.

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

J2 Visa

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General in advance and complete the required formalities.

L Visa

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

(2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

(4) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual

M Visa

(1) Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by a relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain:

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

c) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

Q1 Visa

For family reunion, the following documents are required:

(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b) Information on the visit ( purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, arrival and departure dates, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.

(3) Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual.

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

For foster care, the following documents are required:

(1) Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulate-General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China

(2) Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) notarized and authenticated certification showing the relationship between parents or guardians and children.

(3) A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.

(4) A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

Q2 Visa

(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures)

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual

R Visa

The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individual with special skills urgently needed by China,

S1 Visa

(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit

(3)Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual.

"immediate family members " refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

S2 Visa

For visiting family members for a short period, the following documents are required:

(1) An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's (a foreigner who stays or lives in China for work or studies) passport and residence permit

(3) Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual.

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.

X1 Visa

(1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

(2) Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

X2 Visa

Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

Z Visa

One of the following documents:

(1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.

(2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.

(3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.

(4) An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs or Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Foreign Affairs Office of provincial governments of China.

(5) Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of Z Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

3. Special Reminder

 

(1) The invitation letter may be in the clear form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.

(2) If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other proof documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant. Applicants for D, J1, Q1, S1, X1, Z visa are especially required to be interviewed.

(3) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant. The Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General are NOT responsible for any related economic losses and legal consequences if your visa application is rejected.

(4) The validity of a Chinese visa is generally 3 months. It is recommended to apply for your visa application four weeks prior to your trip.

(5) You will be given a Pick-up Form with a Reference Number when you lodge your application. Please keep this form in a safe place and return it to us when you collect your passport.

(6) You may appoint someone or your travel agent to lodge your application on your behalf after you have read this general guidance carefully.

(7) You will not be able to change or withdraw your application after you have lodged your application. You should take upon yourself any consequences resulting from your failure to submit your visa application at an appropriate time.

(8) Please note that all the supporting documents you provided may not be returned. Please make additional copies if you need them.

(9) According to the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General shall have the right to explain, adjust and change the specific procedure of the visa application, and shall also have the right to review, suspend, refuse or cancel an individual visa application without explanation.

 

PART 3. APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME and HOW TO PAY

 

1. Application Processing Time

Most applications will be processed within 4 working days from the next working day after we have received your application.

Visa applications are assessed individually and the actual processing time of your visa application may vary. You may not be able to obtain any information on the status of your visa until your application is completed.

 

2. Fee & Charges

(All the fees below are quoted in New Zealand Dollars and are subject to change without prior notice.)

 

2.1 Visa Application Fee

1) New Zealand passport holder (per person)

 

TYPE OF ENTRY

VISA FEE

Single Entry

$140

Double Entry

$210

6 Months Multi-Entry

$280

12 Months Multi-Entry

$420

 

2) Non-New Zealand passport holder (per person)

 

TYPE OF ENTRY

VISA FEE

Single Entry

$60

Double Entry

$90

6 Months Multi-Entry

$120

12 Months Multi-Entry

$180

Visa fees for some non-New Zealand passport holders may vary according to the reciprocal arrangements.

 

3) U.S. passport holder (per person)

 

TYPE OF ENTRY

VISA FEE

Single Entry

$200

Double Entry

$200

6 Months Multi-Entry

$200

12 Months Multi-Entry

$200

 

2.2 Urgent Visa Application Charge (per person, on top of visa fee)

TYPE OF SERVICE

URGENT FEE

One working day Service

$60

Express Service (2-3 working days)

$40

 

2.3 Mail Handling Service Fee (per pack, on top of visa fee)

Mail Handling Service Fee

$15 per pack

 

IMPORTANT

   The service fee applies to all applications submitted by post or courier. The handling service fee is NOT postage for returning your passport, you are required to provide a prepaid self-addressed courier pack for returning your passport. Please retain a copy of the courier tracking reference number.

   Only one handling service fee is required if you have included more than one application in the same pack.

   Urgent process is NOT available for applications lodged via post or courier. Urgent visa applications must be lodged in person. You may appoint someone or your travel agent to lodge your application on your behalf.

 

3. Payment Options

l         Bank cheque and Money order

PAYEE

Cheque payable to

Or payable to

Chinese Embassy in Wellington

THE EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

 

Chinese Consulate in Auckland

CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN AUCKLAND

CHINESE CONSULATE-GENERAL IN AUCKLAND

Chinese Consulate in Christchurch

CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN CHRISTCHURCH

CHINESE CONSULATE-GENERAL IN CHRISTCHURCH

 

l         EFTPOS and Credit Card (Visa / MasterCard only)

This payment option is only available at the counter of the Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulates-General office. For security reasons, we do NOT take credit card numbers for the payment.

l       We do NOT accept payment by direct credit, online transfer, cash, personal cheque or company cheque.

 

PART 4. GENERAL INFORMATION

1.       What is Number of Entries?
This is the number of times you are allowed to enter to mainland China within the visa validity. In general, the Chinese visas allow single entry, double entries and multiple entries. Visa shall be invalid when the number of entries run out or the validity expires no matter there are unused entries or not, and another visa is required if you plan on visiting China again, otherwise you may be refused to enter.

2.       Visa validity (ENTER BEFORE)
Visa validity is the length of time you are permitted to travel to a port-of-entry in mainland China and starts from the ISSUE DATE shown on your Chinese Visa. The "ENTER BEFORE" shown on your Chinese Visa is the last day(until 24:00 of Beijing Time) you can make your entry into mainland China only if there is at least one entry unused. Visa shall be invalid when the validity expires no matter there are unused entries or not, and unable to be extended by the Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General. Another visa is required if you plan on visiting China again, otherwise you may be refused to enter.

3.      Duration of each stay

This is the number of days you are allowed to stay in mainland China for each entry. It starts on the next day after you enter into mainland China. You must leave China before that date or you may need to extend your duration of stay in mainland China from a local Public Security Bureau 7 days earlier before the visa expires. Overstaying is illegal in China and you will face serious penalties when you leave China.

 

 

 

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